Introducing: Smokey Taboo

Smokey Taboo - Copyright Ami Barwell
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London four piece Smokey Taboo are a rock’n’roll band seeking to bring together music, art and love.

Lead Vox/Guitarist Luke Shield and Lead Guitarist Mike Whitaker formed Smokey Taboo over a desire to write, perform, and ultimately, conquer the world with their revival of blues and rock’n’roll. The duo brought in Drummer Tom Triggs and Bass/Backing Vocalist Perry Read in September last year and since then they have continuously played shows across London and the South East. Performing in venues such as The Hawley Arms, The Purple Turtle, Proud, and The Barfly, they’ve also appeared at The Great Escape earlier this year, and also Manchester’s Blackthorn Festival.

Smokey Taboo have a vintage, yet modern sound, taking their influences from a wide range of sources. ‘Marianne’ was written by Luke back in March this year, and shows a mature sound from Smokey Taboo – the 60s influence evident – particularly The Doors.

Find Smokey Taboo on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube. ‘Marianne’ is out tomorrow, August 7.

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Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email

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